When Radio GBS war correspondent Irene Ellet shows up to do a story on Welkin and Squad 7, Alicia tries to get in her way at every turn. Alicia sees Welkin as eccentric and worries what will happen to them and to the reputation of the militia if people find out. She thus sticks close to him to make sure he doesn’t say anything unnecessary and to thwart Irene. Alicia isn’t able to keep Irene away from the rest of the squad, but fortunately for Alicia, Irene isn’t able to learn anything useful about Welkin from the others. Largo, for one, wants to talk about vegetables whereas Rosie wants to show off her singing ability. Irene doesn’t let this discourage her though and decides to pursue Welkin again, but she’s foiled every time by Alicia. Irene finally gets her break when she ambushes Welkin in the restroom after Alicia doesn’t follow him in.
Irene offers to do whatever he wants in exchange for getting the information she wants, so Welkin decides to get her to provide meat for a barbecue for everyone. They even invite Faldio and his men to the party, though a fight ends up occurring between the members of the two squads. Alicia tries to stop it, but Faldio and Welkin don’t mind since it helps the two groups loosen up and bond. Welkin and Irene then go off together, and Irene observes that Welkin isn’t like other soldiers in how he doesn’t act as formal and important. Welkin feels that it’d be boring if everyone was the same, and Irene starts to understand what kind of person he is. She finishes her interview with him, and when the time comes for her radio broadcast, all of Squad 7 tunes in. Irene ends up praising Welkin, but much to Alicia’s dismay, she also mentions that she still doesn’t understand Welkin very well, so she’ll be back.
Well, I thought this episode was a bit of a waste. Certainly it was fun seeing all of Alicia’s shocked and irritated reactions (and plus Hans and Marina were very cute together – I took an immediate liking to Marina’s character), but this was an opportunity to explore the back-stories of several of the characters, like Largo and Rosie. Instead it turned into an Irene vs. Alicia competition and then rehashed what we already knew about Welkin, and it seemed like they only barely scratched the surface of all the other characters. To be clear though, I don’t mean to say that this is a bad episode, it’s just not that great either. I guess they’re trying to extend the story as much as possible for 26 total episodes, and there’ll probably more Irene and character-specific episodes down the line.
As for next week, the preview seems to indicate that they’re setting up some sort of relationship between Lamar and Isara, which I hope doesn’t happen because I find Lamar to be rather annoying. It also looks like Faldio is hugging Alicia, however it’s hard to tell for sure if that’s Faldio or Welkin in that particular shot. Although I’m sure it’ll eventually be WelkinXAlicia, Faldio would make more sense at this point given how much they’ve been playing that up in recent episodes.